Microsoft working on 'Concero' cloud-management portal

Microsoft working on 'Concero' cloud-management portal

Summary: Microsoft is building a new management tool, code-named "Concero," that will allow customers to oversee both on-premises and cloud-based services.


Microsoft is building a new management tool, code-named "Concero," that will allow customers to oversee both on-premises and cloud-based services.

Microsoft is planning to show off the new member of its System Center product line at the Microsoft Management Summit (MMS) 2011 conference in March. There is a mention of Concero on the MMS Web site agenda, that explains the coming product this way:

"The move to cloud based deployment of services will result in deployments which are partly on private on-premise clouds based on VMM and Hyper-V and partly on Windows Azure. In this hybrid world, it is imperative to have a management tool that allows customers to deploy and manage their services across these environments. System Center codename “Concero” is a self-service portal targeted at this customer base."

The Concero tool will allow customers to manage both on-premises Services running on Hyper-V hypervisor and System Center Virtual Machine Manager (a new version of which is due in the latter half of 2011), and off-premises Services running on Windows Azure and Windows Azure Appliances. Concero will be built on Silverlight, to enable an "access anywhere" experience, according to information on Microsoft's Web site.

I also found a Microsoft job listing mentioning Concero and caling the Concero team key to Microsoft's effort to compete with rival VMware.

"Together with our sister teams in System Center and Azure we will deliver a world class experience that will shift customers from VM Ware (sic) to Microsoft," said the job posting.

I asked Microsoft officials when the company plans to field a beta of Concero and when the final version is slated to be released. No word back so far. Microsoft officials said they have no information to share at this time regarding Concero.

Concero, in Latin, means "connect" or "join in conflict." Hmmm.... Does that say something about the company's view on interconnecting public and private clouds...?

Topics: Software, Browser, CXO, Microsoft, Operating Systems, IT Employment, Windows


Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).

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    • RE: Microsoft working on 'Concero' cloud-management portal

      @kenosha7777 : Wow. That's kind of cool. I wish I got to know more ghost writers, especially of the mystery series I read.
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    Told you. IBM sticks a buzzword on a project, adds a few Euro partners to give it 'euroness' and the EU hands them money. In this case it goes to an IBM Israel project.

    OOOOOO can't wait for the exciting technology that will come out of this project........ not!!
    • RE: Microsoft working on 'Concero' cloud-management portal


      More to the point, why are the EU giving money to a research project based in Israel??
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